A dry riser system can be found in premises of 18 metres and above, or in low level buildings where there are excessive distances from entrances.  A Dry Riser is a system of valves and pipework which can be used to pump water to the upper floors of a building.  Dry risers are designed for use by the Fire and Resue Service and other trained personnel.  They provide a readily available means of delivering considerable quantities of water to extinguish or to prevent the spread of fire.

You must service and maintain your wet riser and dry riser system on buildings more than 18m high in order to meet legal fire safety regulations.

Insurance companies have stated that without evidence of a six monthly visual inspection and an annual service certificate insurance cover may be invalidated.

All buildings which have fire risers must comply with British Standard BS990, 2006.

The pressure test should only be carried out using water, never air.  The responsibility of ensuring that this test is completed belongs to either the owner of the premises, the manager or management company.

The six monthly Visual Inspection consists of –

  • Checking all outlets washers.
  • Checking for damaged or missing blank caps and chains.
  • Checking that all hand wheels and nuts are undamaged and in place.
  • Checking landing outlets are free moving and undamaged.
  • Checking the inlet cabinet and door for corrosion.
  • Checking that the inlet breaching valve spring, and that the rubbers are free moving and in good condition.
  • Check the cabinet glass.
  • Online records updated

Any faults identified are recorded in the on-site logbook, reported to the responsible person and updated in your online logbook